Bhitarkanika National Park is another significant natural attraction in Odisha, India. This unique ecosystem encompasses mangrove forests, tidal rivers, and estuaries, making it a crucial breeding ground for saltwater crocodiles. The park is famous for its diverse wildlife, including various bird species, reptiles, and mammals. Visitors to Bhitarkanika can explore its waterways, spot crocodiles in their natural habitat, and appreciate the scenic beauty of the mangrove forests. It’s a haven for ecotourism and a vital conservation area.
Simlipal National Park, located in the state of Odisha, India, is a renowned biodiversity hotspot. It covers an area of approximately 2,750 square kilometers and is characterized by lush green forests, rolling hills, and diverse wildlife. Simlipal is home to various species of flora and fauna, including Bengal tigers, elephants, leopards, and numerous bird species. It’s known for its picturesque landscapes and is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.
Bhitarkanika & Simlipal Tour Itinerary –
Day 1 – BHUBANESWAR – BHITARKANIKA
As you arrive at Bhubaneswar / Bhadrak Railway Station / Airport, our representative will guide you the selected hotel in Bhitarkanika. On the way, you can visit Buddhist Monasteries and Stupas in Ratnagiri, Udayagiri and Lalitgiri. After checking-in and savouring lunch at the Resort, a cruise to Kali Bhanja Diha Island will be organized. A countryside boat that is approved by Wildlife Department will tour you around offering a panoramic view of the Ramsar area. Later, in the evening, spend some time around the campfire followed by dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
Day 2 – BHITARKANIKA
The next day after breakfast, visit the Bird Sanctuary and also trek to the hunting tower which was once the favourite place to hunt by the Ancient King. You can also cruise to different creeks on a boat that is approved by Wildlife Department. Through this, you may get a chance to see crocodiles. Also, visit the Museum and Project Area followed by a lunch. In the late afternoon, visit Jagannath temple and witness the live aarti darshan. This will be followed by dinner near the campfire. Overnight at Resort in Bhitarkanika.
Day 3 – BHITARKANIKA – SIMLIPAL
On the 3rd day, checkout from the hotel in Bhubaneswar after breakfast and visit the Similipal Tiger Reserve. Check-in at the accommodation and proceed for lunch. Later go for a nature walk and study at the herbal nursery and also visit the Crocodile Breeding Farm. After sightseeing, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 – SIMILIPAL
After early breakfast, head towards two beautiful waterfalls – Barehipani and Joranda. You can also go for a Jungle Safari around the reserve. Later, a visit to Chahala Zone will follow. Overnight stay at the hotel in Similipal.
Day 5 – SIMILIPAL – BALASORE / BHUBANESWAR RAILWAY STATION
On the last day, after breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to Baleshwar Railway Station for onward journey.
Best Time To Visit In Odisha
Winters (October to February) are the best time to visit Odisha with cool and pleasant weather at around 10°C, ideal for exploring the state’s lush greenery and temples. Summer (April to June) is hot and humid but evenings are pleasant; it’s a good time for festivals like Chandan Yatra and Rath Yatra. Monsoon (July to September) brings heavy rains, enhancing Odisha’s beauty, making it green and attractive.